As part of the Manchester United rich history, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s main objective is to protect the club’s winning tradition from Sir Alex Ferguson.
The moment Sir Alex Ferguson retired as the Manchester United manager back in 2013, it was clear that only a coach like Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would be able to maintain the same dynamic and traditions that the Scotsman took so long to implement.
One has to understand that when Ferguson arrived at the club back in 1986, the Red Devils were far from the mythical club that Sir Matt Busby managed back in the ’50s and ’60s.
For the young Scottish manager, taking Manchester United back to those glory days was the biggest challenge of his career and an endeavour that would take him decades to complete.
We all know that it took him at least five more years to start winning trophies, but he also had to get completely involved in the youth academy in order to make the whole system work.
After the first title came in the form of the FA Cup from 1990, things began to work almost automatically and Sir Alex Ferguson had finally implemented the system that he loved working with.
Once he left the institution after retiring, that whole system was jeopardized by outside managers who wanted to implement their own ideas to an already perfect model.
😳 …for the first time in EXACTLY 8 years.
📅 January 2011
🏆 Dimitar Berbatov
🏆 Sir Alex Ferguson
📅 January 2019
🏆 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
— SPORF (@Sporf) February 8, 2019
Ed Woodward and the Glazer family believed that they could bring in a new manager without affecting the club’s success, but they were terribly wrong and the mistakes were evident from the very beginning.
In part, Sir Alex is responsible for this because he is the one who handpicked his successor and brought an outsider to continue with his model.
David Moyes was way in over his head when he arrived, the owners saw this and tried to fix it by bringing a more experienced manager in Louis van Gaal but also from the outside.
Ed Woodward didn’t trust Ryan Giggs enough to keep the squad for a more extended period of time.
When they finally brought Van Gaal to manage the squad, it was evident that the Dutchman wasn’t going to respect the club’s tradition of keeping the same offensive style that Sir Alex Ferguson preached for so many years.
As the years kept going by and titles weren’t coming, the owners made another bad decision by bringing Jose Mourinho to the club.
With the Portuguese manager’s arrival, the fans were pretty much saying goodbye to the traditionally offensive style of play that Sir Alex Ferguson polished throughout the decades.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been named the Premier League manager of the month for January.
He becomes the first United manager since Sir Alex Ferguson retired to win it.
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) February 8, 2019
But a beacon of hope arrived in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, a perfect candidate for this job and one of Ferguson’s pupils from the most successful era of the club in modern times.
The Norwegian manager knew that completing Sir Alex Ferguson’s work would take more than only him, which is why he brought a whole team of former players who live and breathe the ‘Fergie’ philosophy.
The results came overnight, it was as if the tradition had never left and Solskjaer’s arrival seems like it may finally change the owners’ mind in regards to hiring a manager from the outside.
It is pretty obvious that the happiest man from all of this is Ferguson himself, the Scotsman is relieved that his model remains intact thanks to the school he created during his time as a manager for the Red Devils.
There is no chance that another manager could come and produce the same types of results that Solskjaer has gotten in less than 10 matches with the club, don’t be surprised if the club announces that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and all his team will remain at the club on a permanent basis sometime in the near future, before the season comes to an end.
Sir Alex Ferguson pic.twitter.com/svQhiYnNuM
— Maior que a Juvice (@MaiorQueAJuvice) January 30, 2019
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